Open health center for children and adolescents from public schools in the Manistee region
The new child and adolescent health center inside Manistee Middle and High School is a one-stop-shop for students and their medical needs.
Northwestern Michigan Health Services Practice Director Lori Bell says the center is meant to take the strain off the health care system.
Bell says, “As you know, they are already overburdened by the pandemic and overdue. This gives the student and the parents another resource, another avenue.
The installation is supposed to mimic a doctor’s office inside the school.
They have fully equipped patient rooms and supplies needed for medical emergencies.
Bell says the focus is on mental health.
“We will do sports physical exams, vaccinations and we will work with the primary care physician so that we can treat them,” Bell said. “We also have behavioral health here. So mental health is huge right now, especially during the pandemic. So students can come here. We have a permanent therapist. We also have a community health worker here.
The principal of Manistee Middle and High School said that with the health center on campus, it should make it easier for parents to navigate medical documents.
Principal Andy Huber said: “Parents always want to know how they can best support their students and before we were an intermediary to these services we can now be a direct link with these services. “
Principal Huber now says they can make sure each of their students is taken care of.
“The moment chosen, the need in our community was there. It’s not going away. So we feel very lucky to provide this to our students, ”said Director Huber.
Public schools in the Manistee area say they expect to see students at their institution from Monday.